Defiance seems to be an attitude that Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia learned to apply adeptly in politics.
This attitude that Gwen possesses is what defines her as a person, a politician and a leader.
Unfortunately, this attitude that she is so identified with is what has brought her to her present predicament.
That the governor committed grave abuse of authority when she herself hired employees of the Office of the Vice Governor and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan although the appointing power is lodged with the Office of the Vice Governor, is clearly defying the rule of law.
That she refused to release the budget of the complainant, the late Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez Jr., only to give it to his successor upon his death, is definitely rudeness and defying the sense of propriety and sensibility.
Gwen has also shown utter disrespect and brazen defiance of authority when she, reportedly, appropriated tax payer’s money and ordered surreptitiously the refilling of the controversial Balili property to make it appear now that it is dry land that the provincial government bought instead of seawater submerged land, notwithstanding that the case against her has already been filed in the Sandiganbayan and the property in question should have been left unchanged.
And now, she is defying Malacañang’s order for her suspension, daring authorities that forcibly removing her could only happen “over my dead body”.
Blame the suspension orders to politics and whoever else, and for whatever reason more, but can’t Gwen be sensible and reasonable enough to respect the rule of law, if indeed she is a worthy leader, which she claims to be?
It is not as if she is being penalized and not being given the chance to clear herself from the accusations that resulted to her suspension.
Gwen says the suspension was ill-timed. Why, would her attitude been different had the suspension order been issued a month before or after the holidays? As the well known cliché goes – hard to teach old dogs new tricks.
Power and arrogance makes a person defiant, no doubt about it. It’s a combination that makes for a despotic leader.
Power has corrupted Gwen’s mind and arrogance has negatively modified her attitude.
The two quotations below, relative to arrogance, can very much apply to Gwen.
“Arrogance is a creature. It does not have senses.
It has only a sharp tongue and the pointing finger.”
― Toba Beta
“Arrogance is in everything I do. It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow of my gaze, in my sinewy, tormented face.”
― Coco Chanel